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Inviniti Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

White Wine from New Zealand
Made by the excellent New Zealand producer Lawson's Dry Hills, this 100% certified sustainable Marlborough sauvignon is aromatic, passionfruit and citrus-driven. The palate is crisp and refreshing with lime character and a beautifully juicy flavour. The folk at Lawson's Dry Hills are rightly proud of their commitment to sustainability and it is the only New Zealand Wine producer to hold both ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and ISO 14064 (Carbon Zero) accreditations.
Price: £9.50 Bottle
Price: £57.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: NZ12711

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2023
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap

New Zealand

Still a baby when compared with other regions, New Zealand has quickly earned a reputation for top-quality wine. New Zealand might be a relative newcomer to the wine world (in 1960, the country had fewer than 400 hectares of vine) but its rise to pre-eminence is extraordinary. The precise, pure flavour of its wines has captured the attention of wine drinkers; Society sales certainly reflect this.

The country’s two islands cover a vast area from north to south (it is often quoted in wine books that if New Zealand was in the northern hemisphere, the country would stretch from North Africa to Paris). The maritime climate is influenced by the strong prevailing winds of the Pacific Ocean and the striking mountainous terrain. These factors give the islands a wide range of growing conditions; broadly speaking, the regions of the North Island tend to be warmer than the cooler South Island.

The cool New Zealand climate offers real opportunity for aromatic varieties like sauvignon blanc,...
Still a baby when compared with other regions, New Zealand has quickly earned a reputation for top-quality wine. New Zealand might be a relative newcomer to the wine world (in 1960, the country had fewer than 400 hectares of vine) but its rise to pre-eminence is extraordinary. The precise, pure flavour of its wines has captured the attention of wine drinkers; Society sales certainly reflect this.

The country’s two islands cover a vast area from north to south (it is often quoted in wine books that if New Zealand was in the northern hemisphere, the country would stretch from North Africa to Paris). The maritime climate is influenced by the strong prevailing winds of the Pacific Ocean and the striking mountainous terrain. These factors give the islands a wide range of growing conditions; broadly speaking, the regions of the North Island tend to be warmer than the cooler South Island.

The cool New Zealand climate offers real opportunity for aromatic varieties like sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and gewurztraminer . Of the latter three, young plantings mean many styles rely more on sugar than fruit, which we avoid buying. But the very best share the intensity and palate weight of great Alsace examples with vibrant, lifted flavours. South Island’s Marlborough region is the benchmark setter for the former, and there are many pungently aromatic sauvignons that are stunning. Look out, too, for some of the exciting sub-regional wines – the Awatere is Marlborough’s coolest valley, now making really attractive, delicate and grassy wines, and Nelson across the hills is yielding superb wines from quality conscious producers like Neudorf.

The first sauvignon blanc vines were planted in Marlborough around 30 years ago, when most farmers were raising cattle or growing fruit. The wines have since taken the world by storm. Farms have been replaced by vineyards, and today, chardonnay and pinot also flourish in Marlborough’s cool climate. The choice is sensational, so is the consistency in quality. However, Marlborough is not only about sauvignon blanc and there are crisp, juicy chardonnays and ripe but balanced pinot noirs of excellence.

Further south is Central Otago, in the centre of the island. Pinot noir is something of a speciality here, though on the wrong site it can have difficulty reaching full maturity in this continental climate. The best seasons produce the country’s most dazzling examples of the grape, full-flavoured and superbly pure, and the greatest wines of this scenic region are in high demand around the world

The north island also boasts excellent wine regions. North of the city of Auckland there is the Bay of Islands where a unique microclimate helps winemakers produce some wonderful reds, and the Brajkovich family’s Kumeu River Estate, specialising in rich but elegant chardonnay, can be found just north-west of New Zealand's biggest city. Waiheke Island, just off the coast close to Auckland, also produces some excellent wines.

Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island covers an extensive area of rolling hills, a sweep of coastline and the sharply dominant Te Mata Peak. The warm climate successfully ripens red grape varieties, the very best grown in the gravelly alluvial soils of the Gimblett Gravels appellation. Syrah is now adding its name to the roll call of successful varieties like cabernet and merlot. Chardonnay is well established here too, and the area makes some of New Zealand’s fullest and ripest examples.

Close to Wellington at the southern tip of the North Island is Martinborough, arguably New Zealand’s most exciting area for pinot noir. The long growing season is particularly suitable to the slow, gradual ripening that this Burgundian grape so enjoys.
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Lawsons Dry Hills Wines

When Ross and Barbara Lawson launched their first vintage of Lawson’s Dry Hills in 1992, with their first vintage in 1992 they already had a decade of grape growing experience behind them. having first planted in Marlborough in 1982. However, they have gone on to become a huge success, and their reputation for constantly over-delivering on value has secured them widespread popularity.

They started small: Ross produced the first vintage (a gewürztraminer) by himself in an old red tin shed, which remains to this day as part of the winery cellar door. He and Barbara extended the range over the years, and it now includes sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir and pinot gris. The team sources its grapes from the Wairau, Waihopai, Omaha and Awatere valleys.

Marcus Wright has been winemaker here since 2001, after gaining experience working at various wine producing areas, including Chile and the Loire, as well as other New Zealand estates. Wines are fermented in stainless-steel tanks, although interestingly a small portion of the sauvignon blanc ferments in oak, which adds structure and richness. The estate’s rosé is 100% pinot noir – a relatively rare find – and provides excellent value.

Ross died in 2009, but Barbara continued to uphold their shared vision before selling the family's shares to friends and business partners Tim and Pauline Evill. The Lawson’s Dry Hills team is like one big family, with each person a valued member. The idea of family extends beyond the...
When Ross and Barbara Lawson launched their first vintage of Lawson’s Dry Hills in 1992, with their first vintage in 1992 they already had a decade of grape growing experience behind them. having first planted in Marlborough in 1982. However, they have gone on to become a huge success, and their reputation for constantly over-delivering on value has secured them widespread popularity.

They started small: Ross produced the first vintage (a gewürztraminer) by himself in an old red tin shed, which remains to this day as part of the winery cellar door. He and Barbara extended the range over the years, and it now includes sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir and pinot gris. The team sources its grapes from the Wairau, Waihopai, Omaha and Awatere valleys.

Marcus Wright has been winemaker here since 2001, after gaining experience working at various wine producing areas, including Chile and the Loire, as well as other New Zealand estates. Wines are fermented in stainless-steel tanks, although interestingly a small portion of the sauvignon blanc ferments in oak, which adds structure and richness. The estate’s rosé is 100% pinot noir – a relatively rare find – and provides excellent value.

Ross died in 2009, but Barbara continued to uphold their shared vision before selling the family's shares to friends and business partners Tim and Pauline Evill. The Lawson’s Dry Hills team is like one big family, with each person a valued member. The idea of family extends beyond the estate: the company is also part of New Zealand’s ‘Family of Twelve’, an alliance of 12 family-owned wineries, including the likes of Villa Maria, Kumeu River, Craggy Range, Neudorf and Felton Road.

In 2021 Lawson's Dry Hills celebrated their 30th vintage, and were certified as being carbon zero under the international standard (ISO14064). As they already held certification for ISO14001 (Environmental Management) they became the first New Zealand winery to hold both accreditations. A great way to start a new decade!
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